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The Boat

Seberang Takir is a place where boats docked. It is located right at the river mouth facing the South China Sea. This makes that village to be perfect for fishermen as they are shielded from the rough seas during monsoon season.

The following photo shows the a boat docked by a self made jetty. This looks like a deep sea boat as the size is big. Generally – the boat is operated by locals. I am not sure if they are owned by any particular company but based on my conversation with the locals, the cost of a fishing boat is not cheap. Some can go up to few hundred thousands.

The row of boats below looks more like near shore type fishing boats. It does seem to have the ability to stay over night.

Boats are an essential aspect of daily lives for the Seberang Takir folks. I was told that the back then, the main transport is by boat. That is of course until the bridge was opened.

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Day Off

Its a day off for the fishermen when I came and visited them. According to them, the next few days will be high waves, as such it is too dangerous for them to go out there. So – they are taking day off until the weather gets better.

Note that now is the monsoon season, as such the probability of these to occur is high.

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Kampung Shed

Another shot of a kampung house, but this one is in Kuala Terengganu. This is located in Seberang Takir few meters away from the jetty.

It honestly look pretty small. Most like a shed rather than a house. And given that most of the houses around here are occupied – now I think its a shed.

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Kid By The Jetty

As I was exiting the bot penambang from the Jeti Seberang Takir to Jeti Pasir Payang – I saw this boy. Quickly I took the photo.

Bot penambang is a transport method across the river.

Below are a set of images of bot penambang. Taken during my trip – combination of both at Seberang Takir and Pasir Payang.

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Its a one man’s job?

One thing that I am amazed by the number of people worked on a boat. In this workshop – supposedly owned by Pak Awi, I only see one person working on the ship while another helping out. As I was talking to the person, he mentioned that there are not many boat makers around.

As you can see from the photo above, that person was lifting the wood by himself. These are cengal, so they are heavy and hard! I cannot imagine working on such limited resources!

One thing that I also observed is that the community does come over now and then. The community are indeed very friendly. When they arrived at the workshop, they will come and say hi to me and shake my hand. This is despite me being a stranger!

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Wood Sanding

To use the wood, the boat maker will need to sand the wood so that the surface is smooth. Unlike the traditional technique, nowadays, boat makers use modern technology to save time. I believe back then, it was done manually using a manual sander. That itself can be a time-consuming exercise.

When I was there, he sanded almost 10 pieces of wood. I believe that it will take him more than 10 times the time AND energy if he were to use a manual sander.

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Paper Money

This is my last photo for February challenge where I wanted to post a photo daily. I actually cheated because I scheduled one photo per day, and slowly processed and posted a picture here!

I saw the uncle below in Kampung Cina – Kuala Terengganu. It was raining, and I needed a good cup of coffee. After I woke up from a nap, I was looking for a good cup of coffee, and the location of the cafes are in Kampung Cina, so I drove and parked my car before walking around to find one!

After I zoomed in to a cafe, I saw this uncle burning paper money. I asked him if I can take a photo and he said yes. We also had a funny conversation. He said that he does this twice a month. I told him, his ancestors must be wealthy. He just laughed, and he hopes his son will also do the same to him.

Burning the paper that printed the essential supplies
In front of his shop

All photos shot on Leica M10 Monochrom with 21mm Lux

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Meeting the Locals – Taib Aur

On the first night of my trip in Kuala Terengganu, I was too tired to go anywhere for dinner. As the hotel is pretty secluded from town, I decided to Google and look for restaurants nearby to the hotel. True enough, I found a place called Ganu Cafe which is about 3 mins drive from the hotel.

After I had dinner – Tomyam and Kang Kung Belacan, I then about to walk back to my car, then it started pouring. While waiting for the rain to subside, I saw a painting shop. The guy inside looked pretty busy and I did not want to disturb. He then called me in and asked me to sit down to chat. We ended talking until past midnight.

We spoke about a lot of things, but most of the things we talked about was about the places that I can go to visit since I’ve not been to Kuala Terengganu for a long time. In fact – I can say that this is my first real visit. One thing to conclude is that there are a lot of things to see here and I will certainly come back again. He pointed to me to various places that I can go – and it will be showcase on my blog (of course).

Kedai Aur
Monaqmo (Naguib join us later)
Taib himself – continuing his painting #1
Taib himself – continuing his painting #1

Taib can be reached at his instagram @taib_aur and @kedai_aur

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Keropok Losong

Keropok Losong is one of those delicacies that are unique to Terengganu (so I think). It is made of fish and flour generally and boiled into the water to cook it. Honestly – I love this stuff because it tasted healthy. Plus its not easy to find boiled keropok. Usually – keropok comes fried!

Selling the Keropok
The stall selling it. I just missed the lady at the back rolling the keropok!

Here is a video of the lady making the Keropok Losong.

I must say, this is one of the better keropok that I had. Here is the link to the location of the store!

Adnan Keropok
170a, Jalan Kuala Hiliran, Kampung Losong Haji Su,
21000 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu

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Lost Art of Boat Making

Few decades ago, Pulau Duyong was known worldwide for its boat making industry. Fast forward many years ahead, it only have two boat makers. I managed to visit the boat makers and experience myself how they built the boats. Its quite amazing.

It is quite sad to see how this industry going to sunset soon. The boats are huge and require so much work. The boat in the photo above took almost two years to make and require 30 tonnes of wood (Cengal). I’ll write a documentary article on this. This is just a teaser!

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Boat Painting

My recent trip to Kuala Terengganu was during the monsoon season. The waves was stronger and the rain was more frequent. In fact, my first day was the only day when the sun was out, the rest of the days – it was raining and windy the whole day.

The photo above shows the boat being painted by the fishermen. They mentioned that for the next two days, the waves will be hard – thus resulting them “relaxing”. This group decided to repaint their boat.

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Kite Flying at Pantai Batu Buruk

Another photo from my Kuala Terengganu trip. The first day was really hot. In fact, I really thought that I will get sunburn out of this trip, but lucky enough, my skin was able to handle the battering from the sun. Though – this is not recommended!

The photo above shows a kite flying in the sky. Honestly, if I am not alone – I will definitely fly the kite too. It is so much fun!